Ubuntu 10.04 and LifeCam VX-1000

If you’re using the same web cam that I’m using, the Microsoft LifeCam VX-1000, then you may already be familiar with the difficulties involved in the process of getting this web cam to work in Ubuntu…or rather, the difficulties that were involved.

After countless days spent and hours wasted over the past 4 months that I’ve owned this web cam, I had not been able to find a solution to see it work even once.

The problems I ran into were that the few solutions for this camera were specifically for 32-bit Ubuntu, while I’m using 64-bit Ubuntu.

Typically these days, this type of problem isn’t architecture specific in Linux, which means that fewer people have to battle the problems that are unique to x86_64 platforms. In my experience with Ubuntu, x86_64 application/firmware support 4 years ago was a joke. Today, x86_64 support is commonplace and practically a standard.

After upgrading to Ubuntu 10.04, I was able to see this support change yet again! Without configuring anything in Ubuntu 10.04 x86_64 the video feed from my web cam was working flawlessly (I tested using Cheese 2.29.90)!

There is the small matter of getting the mic on the web cam to work, but for now I’ve got an old mic that plugs into the ports from the motherboard. So I will have sound, just not through the web cam just yet. Hopefully I can find a solution to this as well, in which case I will be sure to link you to. πŸ˜‰

In the future, I’d also like to submit a patch or hack to enable the LifeCam Call Button like I did previously in Windows 7 so that you can configure what the button should do…take a picture, video, start a call or chat, etc.

4 thoughts on “Ubuntu 10.04 and LifeCam VX-1000”

  1. Firefox 3.6.3 Firefox 3.6.3 Ubuntu 10.04 Ubuntu 10.04
    Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; es-ES; rv: Gecko/20100404 Ubuntu/10.04 (lucid) Firefox/3.6.3

    Just like you I was pleased to see Cheese work with this camera on Ubuntu lucid Beta 1.
    However, I can’t get it to work on Skype.
    I used the latest version ( but it did’nt work.

    Have you had any succes with this?


    1. Google Chrome 5.0.342.9 Google Chrome 5.0.342.9 GNU/Linux GNU/Linux
      Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US) AppleWebKit/533.2 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/5.0.342.9 Safari/533.2

      Just start skype like this:
      env LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so skype
      It will work fine

      1. Opera 10.52 Opera 10.52 GNU/Linux x64 GNU/Linux x64
        Opera/9.80 (X11; Linux x86_64; U; en) Presto/2.5.24 Version/10.52

        I mentioned in the post that there were a few solutions, but that they were all for 32-bit systems and didn’t work for 64-bit systems.

        Your tip is specific to 32-bit systems using this webcam.

  2. Google Chrome 5.0.354.0 Google Chrome 5.0.354.0 GNU/Linux x64 GNU/Linux x64
    Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux x86_64; en-US) AppleWebKit/533.3 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/5.0.354.0 Safari/533.3

    I’m also trying to connect this the vx-1000 webcam in Lucid 64bits. Video works fine in Skype. Sound isn’t working.

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